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Leading Sustainability for Directors

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Institute of Directors


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4 days · Part-time
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This course will include four half-day sessions designed to equip directors with the knowledge and skills to strengthen their organisation’s orientation towards sustainability. It is based on a director’s sustainability checklist and will provide a practical approach to this critically important issue, with a focus on immediate takeaways, and includes an opportunity to apply learnings to your own organisation.

CPD hours - 14 hours


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  • Understanding the role of the board in leading your organisation’s response to climate change and the ESG agenda.
  • Measuring the impact of your organisation on the climate and the steps they can take to reduce it.
  • Exploring opportunities for your organisation to make a positive contribution to both the natural and the social environment.
  • Understanding the importance of embedding ESG challenges into the strategy and culture of your organisation.
  • Discovering how other directors and senior leaders across all sectors are responding to the challenges of ESG and the value that can bring to your own organisation’s endeavours.

The four sessions of the online course will take place over four different dates from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. It is a requirement for you to be able to attend all four sessions. The session topics and dates are:

The Governance Agenda: The board’s role and actions | Monday 29 January, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.

The Net Zero Agenda: The board’s role and actions | Monday 19 February, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.

The Wider Environment Agenda | Wednesday 13 March, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.

The Social Agenda: The board’s role and actions | Thursday 28 March, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.


  • An understanding of what sustainability means for your organisation in the context of the duties of a director and growing ESG requirements.
  • An understanding of carbon footprint and how to determine scopes 1, 2 and 3 for your organisation and how to move toward carbon neutral and beyond.
  • An insight into the broader environmental agenda, materiality, the circular economy and the issues and opportunities regarding environmental challenges.
  • An understanding of the gravity and scope of social responsibilities and how to orientate your organisation to strengthen responsibility to stakeholders.

This course will take you on a sustainability journey to change the way you operate and live to be part of the solution, to deliver prosperity that includes everyone, and to grasp the opportunity we have right now to lead sustainable organisations.

This course was originated by IoD Ireland and is being run in partnership with IoD UK.


The four sessions of the online course will take place over four different dates from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. It is a requirement for you to be able to attend all four sessions.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

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